Gallery – Creative Heritage and Art In Mind

Creative Heritage and Art In Mind is an exciting year long heritage and arts in mental health project.

Rare and intriguing objects and works of art in four Suffolk museums will be helping to inspire more local people to enjoy exploring heritage in new and creative ways, thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project is led by the Association for Suffolk Museums working in partnership with the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and four museums, Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, Ipswich Museum, Moyse’s Hall in Bury St Edmunds, and the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket. The project is delivered by Juliet Lockhart, Artistic Director for Art In Mind.

These are some of the objects we have been studying so far:

In a room at the top of Gainsborough’s House is a cupboard full of treasures. Nestled amongst layers of tissue lie shrunken pigs bladders filled with coloured pigments. And in a drawer in the office a member of the Gainsborough’s House team keeps her own dried pig bladder….

 The Sun, a lion and a fine pair of moustaches. Details from gypsy wagons at the Museum of East Anglian Life.

Kangas are rectangular printed cloths, each with their own inscription written in the same place in every design; they are sold and worn in matching pairs and are principally a woman’s garment in eastern Africa, though also often worn singly by men at home and by Maasai men in public. Kangas reflect changing times, fashions and tastes. Kangas provide ways of suggesting thoughts and feelings which cannot be said out loud, and of relieving suspicions and anxieties. We have been studying them as part of the Creative Heritage and Art In Mind course at the Ipswich Art School Gallery

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